"It's better," Cruz said. "I threw today and maybe tomorrow in bullpen. I'll be ready for games."
Cruz injured the hand while fielding ground balls Friday.
"It's trending toward Collin McHugh starting that first game and getting our pitching lined up," Astros manager A.J. Hinch said. "Everybody should pitch in the next four or five games, so [pitching coach Brent Strom] and I are putting that list together. He's got another live BP, so that's why I hesitate to put it in pen. But right now we're planning on seeing him early."
However, Hinch indicated the starter for Opening Day has not been determined.
"Truthfully, I mean, that and even who throws game one of the regular season — game one of the regular season's a little more kind of like a nod to more what you did in the past year, usually," he said. "But, yeah, all five of us are going to get a chance somewhere through the rotation. It's just where we fall."
Rays manager Kevin Cash said the move will allow Montgomery to have a bigger impact on the team and Montgomery did not object to the move.
"As a player, I want to make myself as valuable as I can," he said.
In order to see which player is the better fit,
"I felt like I was pitching today," he said.
Cain is recovering from elbow and ankle surgery, which ended his 2014 season. He is expected to make his spring debut around March 10 to March 14.
If pitcher Homer Bailey is not on the Opening Day roster,
"An example would be if Homer is not able to go. If we're healthy, that means Cueto and Leake and three spots in the rotation – two that we think could potentially be filled by young pitchers in Cingrani and DeSclafani," Price said. "That to me suggests that a veteran guy in that other spot would be fairly important, someone who knows how to manage a game and has pitched in the league and has had success in the league. I think that's why guys like Jason and Paul are here."
Lagares suffered an elbow sprain last season, which ended his season in September.
Nelson has been suffering from a hamstring injury, which pushed back his previous batting practice session.